I’ve been posing a dare to some friends. I’m daring them to read the introduction to this book and seeing if they can stop. Like one potato chip (which is hardly digital!) they will find themselves devouring the rest of the bag, er book.
The Revenge of Analog: Real Things and Why They Matter is a terrific book. There is hard evidence in this book that digital is not the only game in town, but studies and statistics are augmented by engaging stories. Stories of people making things that we thought went the way of the Dodo bird add to the book’s allure, poignancy, and persuasiveness.
Vinyl records and used bookstores are back! They, of course, never totally went away, but their demise had an inevitability that was widely held.
So I dare you as well: Grab a copy (you will have to go to a bookstore to do this!) and read the introduction. I think you will find yourself wanting much more.
By the way, my “Moore’s Law of Reading” held true with this book. “Moore’s Law of Reading” takes the total number of pages of a book (242 with this book) and divides by two, so 121. If my marginal notes exceeds half of the pages then it was a worthwhile read. In this case, I made 166 marginal notes of various kinds, so it definitely was a great read.
I have two sisters and one brother. They all live in Phoenix.
Lisa, whom you see in the picture above, ministers along with her husband, John. John will be getting ordained soon as an Episcopal minister. We are looking forward to being in Phoenix for the grand occasion! God has done wonderful things in both their lives.
Both my sisters are slim, so you can see that “Moose” is a nice hyperbolic nickname for Lisa.
Lisa has a wonderful Amazon store with great deals and a very high ranking. Take a look. You just might find the book you were looking for:
On Jan. 24 of this year, I posted about my terrific find at a local bookstore here in Austin. Just before Christmas I was browsing the shelves of our local Half Price bookstore. The first shelves I typically go to are the dollar discount ones. My eyes landed on a biography of H.L. Mencken. I knew some about the famous journalist, but thought the biography looked quite good. And it was tough to turn down a beautiful hardback for $1.00.
I was thumbing through the biography and out falls two letters from Mencken. I couldn’t believe it. A collectible store in Baltimore (Mencken’s home town) told me they were worth $400 and that they would pay me $200 for them.
I have found several treasures rummaging through old bookstores, but none greater than my most recent find.
I spied out an old biography on H.L. Mencken for $1.00. That alone was a find, but what was contained inside much better. As I thumbed through to make sure it was a clean copy, I found to my utter astonishment that there were two personal letters from Mencken on his personal stationary. And those two letters were just valued at $250 and $150 by a rare book dealer. You can’t have that experience at your local Barnes and Noble!